13 Feb, 2023The Power of Showing Up
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“Showing up is essential. Showing up consistently is powerful. Showing up consistently with a positive outlook is even more powerful.” – Jeff Olson
Are you still living in default mode? Have you thought about who you would be if you consistently showed up to do things? What things would have the greatest impact on your life if you did them consistently?
We frequently underrate our ability to be consistent, but the power of showing up and being consistent is the ultimate freedom. Once we repeatedly show up to do things, amazing changes can happen in our lives.
Imagine how great you could be if you were part of the two percent who liked improving for no reason as Russell Brunson mentioned. Intentions are just a start. What matters more is that you show up and act.
Show up now and let me help you work out how to be your best every single day. Gain the greatest returns on your self-investment and live a great life.
⚡️ Our ability to break habits and form habits is one of the many superpowers we have.
⚡️ People often make choices based on the choices they have made before and take the easy option when they do not feel like doing something.
⚡️ One of the biggest challenges today is that people do not identify with themselves in the future beyond a few months.
⚡️ Improvement comes through going up some form of resistance.
🎯 5:22 What would I do differently if I went back in time.
🎯 9:15 My purpose in life
🎯 13:25 What a physiotherapist in Dubai realized.
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Pete Cohen 0:02
Happy, beautiful, amazing, fantastic day. It is Pete Cohen it is the Future Self Podcast. today's podcast is called the The Power of Showing Up. I'll see you after the theme tune.
The stranger things inside my head. Welcome to the podcast. Oh yeah, we're talking all things The Power of Showing Up. For me the power of showing up is all about one thing. Really one thing we know what that is. Yes, George Michael is giving all of us a clue. The power of showing up for me is the ultimate freedom
so I'm really curious for all of you that listen to the Future Self Podcast what is showing up actually mean to you? Because it means different things to different people. But one thing that I would like to be able to look back on one day, and to see that I did. It was to see that I actually showed up that I actually got started over and over and over and over and over again, on the things that mattered most. You know, I make some pretty bold statements in my life, but those statements are just based on my own experience. I don't expect everyone to agree with everything I'm saying because it's not a question of me being right, and you being wrong, because my right is actually your left if we were facing each other right now. I might try to be right but realize that it's not your right, it's your left. And what is your right? This sounds very deep and philosophical and we've only just got stuck into the podcast. For me. It's about your ability to look at life with a fresh pair of eyes, for you to be able to see the experience of being you and maybe look at it differently that empowers you to do things differently. Because if you always do what you've always done, yes, that's right. You'll always get what you've always got.
And I don't think most of us treat ourselves as well as we could do. And I don't think we love ourselves as much as we could. Yes, I think you're right Elvis. And most definitely done. He never actually took the time
because when we look at what's always on our mind, and as Elvis just said, all those things we should have said and done. I mean, just imagine if we actually had the power to follow through on the things that we said we were going to do. I think there's many superpowers that human beings have one of those is most definitely habits, our ability to form habits, our ability to break habits create new ones, but I think within all of that our ability to be consistent, is very underrated, very undervalued. When you see great people who have done great things, you'll realize that in so many cases, it's what they were doing when no one else was looking. It was what they were doing when they were tired when they had excuses when they were busy. When they were doing stuff they weren't getting recognition for when they didn't feel like it. Even when they didn't have to there was no one like cracking a whip and saying you have to do this. But ultimately, I think we all know deep down that our ability to be consistent with certain things over an extended period of time. brings about the magic, the magic of compounding and aggregating over time. And I'm really curious to all the people that listen to our podcast. Do you have any regrets? Do you have any regrets? Personally for me? I don't know whether they're necessarily regrets because my life is the way my life is. But I often think to myself, if I went back in time, what would I do differently? And that's my question to you. If you went back in time, and you could give yourself some wisdom, or you could do anything differently to how you're currently doing it, what would you do differently? Personally, I know just I would have been more consistent with certain things. I would have stuck to things. So I started meditating in the early 90s. But I didn't I did it for about six months and then I stopped because I thought it was something I should I do. And I would love to have known the person that I could have become if I kept doing it. Now exercise for me. That's never been an issue for me at all. I don't have to motivate myself to do it. It's just a part of who I am. But what about you, perhaps you've someone who don't do you done like exercise or you tell yourself that's not me? You've joined a gym you've gone a bit. What do you think would have happened if you got on a streak with these things? Or eating healthy or cutting out sugar or reading a page of a book every day or writing down your thoughts? Who would you be if you'd been consistent and showed up with a few simple things. Now when you think about that, what often happens to people is it makes them feel a little bit well, you know I missed out and I'm unfortunate and I was unlucky and I can't I can't do that again. And this is one of the things I'd love you to take away from this podcast today is to know that one of the hardest things to do is just get started. It's so fascinating to me. If you think of all the things in your life that if you did them more consistently would have the biggest single impact on your life. But how many of those things do you often not feel like doing? But just take a moment and just think of all the people over the world right now who don't feel like doing something? And because they don't feel like doing it? Guess what? They're going to do? They're going to take the easy option. Or people that will do something that they know isn't going to serve them they'll have that extra cookie they'll have that extra glass of wine, they'll keep scrolling on their phone for a little bit longer and yet they know deep down that if they stopped doing that chances are they'd feel better. I mean, it's fascinating, isn't it? Don't you think that human beings we have this incredible ability to make choices. But the choices that people make most of the time are based on choices they've made before. Once you get started again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again. Amazing things can start to happen. I just came back from Dubai. And it was amazing. I was working with people from all over the world. And I was working with one of the best physiotherapists I've ever ever met. He has a performance center out there and we were just talking and I was he heard me speak and he heard me speaking about future self. He heard me talk about how one of the biggest one of the biggest challenges in the world today is that people don't identify with themselves in the future beyond a few months. So when we don't know the person in the future that we could be, we tend to go on some sort of default mode mode. We let our past dictate our actions and we just end up being very similar to who we are. So this time next year, people will be very different to who they were. But the differences probably would have come about through circumstances that they didn't predict. But chances are they'd be
not in a particularly good place in terms of their health and their well being and just feeling like they're making progress. So if I was going to ask you, what do you think the meaning of life is? What's the point of life? What is life? Ultimately, it's up to you to decide. It's actually none of my business. I can't tell you what is right for everybody. I don't know everybody. And I don't think that I have the authority to tell everyone what they should and shouldn't do and how they should think or not think but I do like to give people a different perspective. I believe the purpose of my life is just to while I'm here just to get better, to grow, to expand to contribute in some way to make a difference to other people's lives. And just to grow, take ideas bring ideas to life to create. That's what I think life is it's the opportunity to create. You've been created and look at all the things around you that if you look around your room right now you look at the phone, you look at your computer, you look at other people, you know they've been created, and the man who won the Nobel Prize in 1937. He won it for his theory on something called entropy and all this entropy means is that every living cell lives for whatever reason it lives does grow and express itself fully. It might not. It might not for whatever reason. I was just walking a couple of hours ago and there was loads of acorns just falling on top of cars such that I wonder how many of those acorns are going to turn into oak trees. Not many. But do they all have the capacity to do that? What do we have the capacity to do as human beings What do you have the capacity to do? What would you like to do? What would you like to become what would you like to build? Because if you want to build something, let's say you want to build a better body. What it's what's fascinating about that is in order to build a better body, you're going to have to stretch your body you're going to have to challenge your body a little bit. That's how improvement comes improvement comes through going up against some form of resistance, anything that grows in the summer. Those of you that remember the summer the sun was hot, it burned a lot of things. It burnt the grass. I'm looking at the grass outside now in my garden, but it's come back liquid it endured. And what's really fascinating to me, is what human beings can do and what they do do it's it don't that am I the only one in the world who finds that fascinating. Anyway, when I was in Dubai, one of the talks I gave was about the new science of future self thinking how when people start to build a relationship to their future self, even imagine seeing their future self you can imagine right now that you in five years comes in the room comes to meet you comes to sit down with you to talk to you and that you is wiser than you and more confident in you. That you is just better than you that you has been consistent with doing certain things every single day and that you brings that greatness and that story into the room. Look at that person. Now imagine if you were being guided by that person. Because when we hear this song
because I don't think we treat our future self with much dignity. And if you think about who Pete Cohen is, yeah, Pete Cohen is a coach. But I'm a lawyer and I'm coming from your future self because your future self is saying it's time to show up
come on, always on your mind
because what most people do and it's no fault of anyone else's it's just what most people do is they just recreating who they think they are listening to the old story not wanting to stand out not wanting to change.
Listening to the monster or the duck that wants you to stay where you are. But are you ready? Are you ready? How many of you is seriously ready to outperform anything that you've done before in your past to start clocking in start showing up by never before to start building on things. You only build on things that you've got done. And are you ready to stop making excuses? Are you ready to stop procrastinating? Are you ready to start showing up regardless of how you feel? Because when I was talking to the physiotherapist and he what I said made so much sense to him in terms of talking about future self. What he realized is that when people come to him who are injured, I mean this is a top physiotherapist This is someone who works with England football players and many other people. They come to him because they're injured they come to him because they're in pain. Most people come to me because they're in pain. I've also worked with world and Olympic champions in sport. I've coached 1000s hundreds of 1000s of people, people who've read my books, listen to the podcast, been to seminars. Most people come to me because they got a problem. And that's okay. But when people don't have a problem or the problem goes away, most people don't show up anymore. They just go back to showing up as they were before. Who do you want to show up as? And this is why this hit him really hard because he realized that when he's working with people who want to get better, want to get not be injured. Whatever the opposite of not being injured is to be able to perform at a high level. He realized that these people need to have a relationship to the person that has overcome their injury to this person who is beyond the injury. Especially when I told him when I was a fitness instructor in the late 80s that most people who came to the gym, they didn't know what they wanted. They knew the pain that they were in is very hard to show up if you're just showing up because you've got nothing else to do and then because then there's so many other things you could do, rather than sitting down and keeping a journal or meditating or doing the things if you don't see a payoff from what you're doing. Why would you bother? Why invest in something if you don't see it going anywhere? And I'm still learning myself all about this. I continue to learn and be curious and still sometimes frustrated and sad. When you see the potential that people have to do great things. And that's why we created Stop One Start One that I know I know, deep down within myself that it will be a global movement of people. People every day that work I wake up every day with intent, but not just like in my school report that I just read before. Recently just read this I just found it in my head of year I've got it right in front of me here, said Pete is keen to do well but must always strive to produce his best Yeah, I did. I did strive to produce my best, but I got distracted. I got in with the wrong people but he said intentions are insufficient on their own. But yeah, but it starts with intentions. Just imagine if you started to follow through on your intentions and not get sidetracked and not be a hero in the beginning. 1000s of years I spoke about this 1000s in Sanskrit the first written words there is a word that means that a word that means we start but we don't finish. Who would you be if you started to do things and you kept going? That's the law of compounding. Do you want 5 million pounds or dollars or whatever? Or Derome or 50 million Derome? Or do you want me to give you $1 a day and I'll double it every day for 31 days. Most people would say just give me the 5 million but if you sat and you did the maths and you did the math and said p as long as it's 31 days, as long as it's 31 days, give me the doubling Penny because that would be almost 11 million and that's why most people don't do the work. They don't show up because they don't see the significance of it. They don't see the payoff. Unless of course you're someone as many people know who are in the world of marketing. Russell Brunson. He talks about that he recognized 2% of people only 2% like improving for no reason. I think I'm one of those people. But I have to be very very careful even though I like improving for no reason the improvement doesn't have to go anywhere. But I know myself well enough and know how easily I can get distracted how I can ruminate how I can make excuses. procrastinate,
I know myself well enough to know that I'm hyper so I have to be very careful in how I manage myself. And I've worked out how to show up best every single day. Have you worked that out yet? Have you it's not necessarily always set in stone it might change. But have you worked out how to bring your best self forwards? Do you genuinely know how to do that? Because once you know that, that's where you can apply. I think one of the most powerful capabilities of any human being is to compound something over time, the greatest returns on your investment. And because some of these things are people don't do it. People don't meditate. Why not? They don't feel like it. People don't keep a journal. They like the idea of it do it for a bit. They get bored. They get sidetracked. They don't see the long term benefit of it. People don't exercise every single day because they find it painful, hard work, why bother? And that's why most people today are living a future they don't want most people today are living a future they don't want That's my belief. You don't have to agree with me. I think most people will end up in a place where they think I should I don't want to be here. What about you? How many of you want to break records? I want to break records. I'm breaking records. I want a huge amount of streaks basically of what why we created what we created to help people get on the streets to help people identify with the person they're going to be. You're going to meet that person one day, and hopefully hell won't be coming to the end of your life and meeting the person that you could have become. How much who could you be who seriously Could you be? That's what fascinates me about human beings. It really is who could you be if you really did what? Well? Isn't that fascinating even just to consider that. Are you ready? To appear? Are you ready to appear seriously? Your own Hall of Fame? Are you you could who could you be? Because I want to help you. I genuinely want to help you support you. I want to be a part of your story, your success. The question is are you ready? You could be you could you could but will you?
I mean, maybe you don't want the world to know your name.
So I want you to take a moment and to think about what is it in your life right now that if you did if you got consistent with if you did over an extended period of time, would have the biggest thing single impact in your life. Regardless of how you feel that's one of the things we teach people how to do we teach people how to think greater than they feel? And to me feelings are what is felt in the body. That is the unconscious mind. And most people today are slaves to how they feel. Of course we have thoughts which produce emotions, emotions produce, which are chemicals, those chemicals are spread into the body, and then the body takes over. The body doesn't feel like it. And then when we don't feel like something What do we do it can we or can we confirm the thought that we had so we have the same thought and if you want to appear in any Hall of Fame if you want to be a champion you got to learn to get out of your own way
are you ready?
And the greatest rewards from everything I've learned from all the books I've read from all the fame and the fortune that I have had. You know what I feel like I've only just got started and I'm genuinely looking for people that want to appear in their own Hall of Fame. People who identify with someone different to who they are. They identify with the person that they want to carve out and create and bring into the world by what they do every single day. You know what today I didn't feel like showing up. There's definitely something in the air I feel a little bit rundown but what's that got to do with it? What's that got to do with still meditating and practice the breathing that I do and having a cold shower and walking for 90 minutes. Did I feel like doing that? What What's that got to do with it? Personally? What's that got to do with it? I'm on a streak man. I'm on streaks with thing and we record this on the in the technology that we have created. Because we're building champions. We're building athletes. Athletes are people that are competing for a prize. And the challenge with most of us today is we're not competing for something at the end of the week, while maybe just to get to the end of the week, but we're not competing for a bigger prize. And I would like to propose to you that the biggest prize that you will ever compete for is the person that you are committed to becoming. And most people are just committed to being who they currently are. Their current identity with their personality and all the personality is what you're saying yes to your identity is your repeated beingness and every single day I'm sure I'm not the only person. I'm committed to being the very best I can be not the very best version of myself the very best version of who I'm committed to being and that person is completely different to me. I'm inspired by that person. What about you? I'm reporting for duty. I'm up every day when it's quiet when there's no disturbance. I'm getting lucky by showing up. Even when I'm tired even when I don't feel like it. What about you? What about you once you get started again and again and again and again and again. Because success is really what you're doing when no one else is looking. I'm reporting from reporting for duty. This is how records are broken. And I think the first steps to greatness are what you do every day. For me it's first thing in the morning for some people it's what they do before they go to bed at night or it can be both first steps to greatness each day. They add up numbers they only get interesting they only really get interesting when they start accumulating. Because if I said 5 million or one penny a day for a month, if you looked at those numbers you go one p two p second day for piece 38 p 216. p p this is ridiculous. I've only got one pound 57. But if you keep going the two weeks into the third week into the fourth week, that's where the magic is. Where is the magic? And what is the difference that would make the difference if you really, really, really decided to show up. The question is are you ready? Are you ready to come up? I want to tell the world
there's so much more to me. What about you? If you want to find out about what we're doing with the stock one stock one or I should say Stop One Start One then just let us know. Because we're ready to serve. I want to thank you for listening to the podcast. I would love to know what has been your biggest takeaway from what you have just heard. Are you ready to come up? Regardless of what regardless of how you feel I want the world to know. I'm gonna let it show. Thank you Diana Ross. We'll see you next time for another Future Self Podcast.
Thank you thank you, thank you
I'm coming up and I want the world to know. We will see you next time.